Silver for Lynsey at Island Games
Acclaim Director Lynsey Elliott has returned from the 2015 NatWest Island Games in Jersey with a silver medal from the team triathlon event. Lynsey was representing the Isle of Man in the 16th running of the Games, which this year saw around 3,000 competitors from 24 islands taking part in 14 sporting disciplines.
The triathlon, held on the opening day of the games, saw competitors face the Olympic distance course – comprised of a 1500m sea swim, 40km cycle and 10km run – in hot and humid conditions which, when combined with a particularly gruelling course layout, led to a significant number of competitors failing to complete the course. Finishing in a time of 2 hours 28 minutes 19 seconds Lynsey secured 7th place overall in the individual event, while she and her teammates picked up team silver for the Isle of Man.
“It was great just to be able to take part in Jersey but I’m thrilled that we managed to bring back a medal” said Lynsey, having made a speedy return to the Isle of Man to resume her regular duties back at the office. “Having last competed at the Island games (as a swimmer) in 1989 it was quite a different experience this time around. I don’t think I could ever imagined, way back then, that I’d be back competing 26 years later – never mind standing on the podium!”
The next stop for Lynsey, who was recently crowned age-group English national champion in the Olympic distance event, is Geneva for the age-group European triathlon championships, before travelling to Chicago for the World Championships in September.